This Sunday Q&A post focuses on select questions about Star Trek and – well – other science fiction franchises. What’s my favorite Star Trek series, do I love Star Trek? Feel free to give your own answers in the comments. Let’s get to it.
- Do I love Star Trek?
Okay, well. Here’s the thing. I love the 2009 Star Trek reboot by J. J. Abrams. I thought that was a really brilliant way of introducing characters that a lot of people didn’t know all that well. As for the rest? Well, I like some of it. I wouldn’t say I’m a big Star Trek fan, seeing as I haven’t seen a lot of the shows. But I do like The Original Series quite a bit. I enjoyed Into Darkness, but I was overhyped for that film. Beyond is great, though.
- But wait, if you haven’t seen the other Star Trek shows, what show(s) made you a science fiction fan?
Well, my all-time favorite science fiction television show is Stargate SG-1. I couldn’t get enough of it, and I really miss that show.
- Who is the best Star Trek character?
This one isn’t even close. Spock. Nimoy was phenomenal as Spock, and Zachary Quinto has done a fantastic job in the rebooted film series, so far.
- Final question this weekend: does Star Trek belong on television?
Well, I guess this could be somewhat controversial. But yeah, I do think it belongs on television. It was originally a television show and a lot of people love all of those shows. They’re the reason people kept on talking about the franchise. I love the new films, I really do. But I do think Star Trek should return to being a – or multiple – television show(s). TV today is so well-respected, and we can do so much more on television.
I also think that this summer showed us that people don’t see Star Trek films as gigantic events anymore. Star Trek Beyond has only made $157 million – at the time of writing – in the United States. That’s unacceptable for a franchise like that. Star Trek doesn’t need films to succeed.
– Jeffrey Rex